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Considering going to China? In this case, a VPN is your saving grace. Of course, if you don’t want to miss a new episode of your favorite TV-show, or want to be able to chat with your friends and share photos on Facebook. Why? We’ve got some interesting information for you. If you are wondering what websites are officially blocked in China and want to know the state of VPN services there, keep reading.
And what about Kodi?
Kodi is a streaming process, allowing you to watch blocked and restricted services like Netflix, Pandora, Freeform, etc. If you want to preserve the anonymity of the traffic while streaming online, you need to get a VPN service. Of course, VPN services are not necessary for Kodi. But it is always a better practice to consider getting it set up. For more information about the importance of VPN for Kodi click here and find out how to use Kodi to get the most of it.
Using VPN in China
Without a VPN service, almost 65% of China’s Internet is blocked. Yes, the Chinese government blocks the biggest part of the world’s Internet. You literally don’t have access to anything. Among the most famous websites, which are banned in China are Gmail, Google, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Squarespace, Pinterest, Wikipedia, SoundCloud, Flickr, Bloomberg, BBC, Snapchat, Netflix, etc. And that is only the smallest part of all websites, banned in the whole country. Harvard study claims that more than 15.000 websites are forbidden in mainland China. The Chinese government created a special program to censor media through the whole country. Thus, the only solution is a VPN service.
So, what VPNs can you use in China?
- IP Vanish. The company has one of the biggest server bases on the market. This means you can easily find a server, which suits your location. This list can be sorted by country, city, or servers. The running and download speed has no problems at all if choosing the right server. The pricing range is quite reasonable. The longer subscription the lower price is. For example, 1 month costs 10$, 3 months – 8.99$, and 1 year – 6.49$. There is a small note for Chinese customers. You will have to make small changes in a configuration menu and connect to the servers’ IP addresses.
- Express VPN. A high-speed VPN service, which supports services in more than 90 countries all over the world (Belgium, Turkey, Israel, Poland, Canada, USA, etc.). Express VPN provides access to any website, allowing to watch videos from anywhere you are. The price policy is a little bit more expensive than the previous company has. For example, 1-month trial period costs 12.95$, 6-months period – 9.99$, and 1-year period – 8.32
We recommend trying different VPN services to find out which one will work the best in your particular location.
Now you know how to have freedom in your Internet choices in China too.